The days are long and the heat is definitely setting in. Early summer is a beautiful time to while away the hours in the garden by continuing with successional sowings of the main warm weather crops and to start brussels sprouts and swedes for winter harvest, it seems a long, long way away but these brassicas will need a decent growing period before it gets cool again.

What to plant…

  • Don’t be deterred by the heat this month you can still sow grain and leaf amaranth, french, climbing and runner beans, beetroot, brussels sprouts, cabbage, chinese cabbage, chives, carrots, celeriac, celery, sweet corn, cucumber, endive, kohl rabi, leek, lettuce, marrow, mustards, parsnip, parsley, quinoa, radish, shallots, the super-good-for-you silverbeet and rainbow chard, squash, sunflower, swedes, zucchini. choys (boy choy, tatsoi, choy sum, mizuna) can be started from seed – but only if we are not experiencing a heat wave!
  • Remember to keep germinating seeds moist at all times.
  • Seedlings of capsicums, chilli, squash, eggplant, and tomatoes and potatoes can go in but you will need to wait until next year to start these from seed.

In the Orchard

  • Regularly deep water your young trees to enable them to thrive and develop a strong root system. Also keep the water up to berries after you’ve harvested all that delicious fruit. This will make sure next year’s crop is just as bountiful.
  • Mulch heavily around your orchard and you won’t lose precious water to evaporation.
  • Keep pinching out any shoots that you see straying in the wrong direction.
  • Some wood ashes sprinkled around trees that are developing fruit will also help ensure a tasty harvest next year by providing fruit with a dose of potash.